7 Facts you should know about the U.S. Army on its 239th Birthday


Saturday (June 14, 2014) is the 239th Army Birthday (and it’s also Flag Day.) Here are some facts about the United States Army that you may or may not know already.

  1. Almost 70% of all Medals of Honor have been awarded to soldiers in the U.S. Army. Figures from August 2013 show that 2,403 Medals of Honor had been awarded to soldiers while 3,468 had been awarded to service members in all branches combined. 1198 of the Army Medal of Honor recipients were awarded the medal for actions during the Civil War.
  2. The youngest officer to become a General in the Army was only 20 years old. Galusha Pennypacker, of Pennsylvania, enlisted in the Army at the age of 16 in 1861. He received a brevet promotion in January 1865 to Brigadier General after the Battle of Fort Fisher. He received a full promotion to that rank a month later and also received the Medal of Honor for those actions. After the war, he continued in the regular Army as a Colonel. George Armstrong Custer was also one of the youngest officers promoted to general during the Civil War. He was promoted from Captain to Brigadier General only three days before the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.
  3.  Henry “Hap” Arnold was the only person to hold the rank of five-star general in two branches of the military. Arnold became a five-star general (General of the Army) and was only behind Marshall, MacArthur, and Eisenhower in seniority at that rank. He retired in 1946 and a law passed by Congress in 1949 made his last rank General of the Air Force – since the Air Force didn’t exist as a separate branch until 1947.
  4. The oldest active duty regiment in the Army is the Old Guard. The Old Guard has been designated as the 3rd Infantry Regiment since 1815. Before that, it was organized as the First American Regiment in 1784. There have been five Medal of Honor recipients who served in the 3rd Infantry Regiment – the last was during Vietnam. In addition to the ceremonial units at Fort Myer adjacent to Arlington Cemetery, 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Regiment is at Fort Lewis, Washington. That battalion is equipped with Stryker armored fighting vehicles (wheeled) and is part of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division. UPDATE: One highly-knowledgeable reader points out that the “oldest continuously-serving unit in the Regular Army is D Battery, 1st Bn, 5th Field Artillery” that was formed as Alexander Hamilton’s Battery during the Revolution.
  5. The earliest actions that an African-American soldier received the Medal of Honor for resulted in William H. Carney receiving the MOH. While he actually received the Medal in 1900, the actions he earned it for took place on July 18, 1863 at Battery Wagner on Morris Island in South Carolina. Carney served in the 54th Massachusetts, the unit immortalized in the movie Glory.
  6. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an Army operation. Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark could choose any member of the Regular Army or the Militia to be a member of their Corps of Discovery. The expedition was funded by the War Department and the Army Quartermaster procured supplies for it. The soldiers were split into squads and were in uniform for the whole expedition.
  7. The Army Astronaut Badge is said to be the rarest badge issued by the U.S. Army. As of 2008, around 15 soldiers had earned it. Most of them have been graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.


May 2014: Another record month for The Quinton Report


Site traffic for The Quinton Report in May surpassed the previous monthly site traffic record set earlier this year in March.

Here are the top 20 posts, based on traffic, from May:

  1. It’s Memorial Day, not Veterans Day (and why that distinction is important)
  2. UMBC student Matt Vesely missing – last seen in Perry Hall, MD (a post when he was found ranked highly too)
  3. 47% of Maryland residents would leave if they could
  4. A note about Ryan Miner
  5. Maryland tied for “most gerrymandered state”
  6. Clayton Kelly, Chris McDaniel, and rumors about Thad Cochran
  7. Larry Hogan, “a businessman, not a politician”, filed for bankruptcy
  8. Catholic blogger mistakes Memorial Day for Veterans Day; then politicizes it
  9. Schuh’s campaign gets it wrong on Constitution, Pledge
  10. Baltimore mayor shows her ignorance of farms
  11. ‘Total victory’ for pro-life pregnancy centers in Montgomery County case
  12. Charles Lollar earns a D+ from the NRA
  13. Prankster invades O’Malley’s Reddit AMA
  14. Is this church ad over the line or just tacky?
  15. Hogan internal poll memo omits GOP primary; shows him losing in November
  16. More on Larry Hogan’s Campaign Staff and Consultants
  17. GOP calls on O’Malley appointee to resign over campaign sign theft charges
  18. Opponents call for investigation into Hogan’s campaign finances
  19. Union-connected O’Malley appointee charged with campaign sign theft
  20. Sarah Silverman refers to the unborn as “goo” on Bill Maher

Who will replace Shinseki at the VA?


Kevin Cirilli of The Hill writes about five possible replacements for Eric Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

His list includes Senator Jack Reed, General Stanley McChrystal, General Peter Chiarelli, Admiral Michael Mullen, and Representative Tim Walz.

This list leaves one out that I think makes the most sense after reading an oped endorsing the move –

former Senator Jim Webb, who also previously served as Secretary of the Navy.

Herschel Walker endorses Kingston in Senate runoff in GA



Kingston is currently in a run-off with David Perdue of Sea Island for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat for Georgia. The nominee will run against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn.

“I’ve had the great honor of representing our state and my home,” Walker, the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, says in a 30-second spot. “I care deeply about our Georgia’s future. That’s why I wanted my friend Jack Kingston carrying the ball for us in Washington.”

Kingston is a UGA graduate who has lived in Savannah since 1977. Perdue, a native of Warner Robins who now resides in Sea Island, graduated from Georgia Tech.

Walker’s name has come up many times over the years as a potential political candidate himself.

If any endorsement were going to have an impact in Georgia, you’d think this one would. The ad is paid for by Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The ad:

Report: Meriam Ibrahim to be released from Sudan’s death row


Daily Mail:

A Sudanese woman facing down a death sentence for marrying a Christian will be freed, it has been reported.

Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth in prison this week, was sentenced to death for abandoning Islam, but is now set to be released in a matter of days.

There was a lot of international pressure regarding this situation but her lawyer isn’t sure he’s buying the reversal:

Abdullahi Alazreg, an under-secretary at the foreign ministry, announced the decision to the BBC, saying that Sudan guaranteed religious freedom and was committed to protecting the woman.

However, Mrs Ibrahim’s lawyers said they do not believe the offer is genuine, and is a ploy to silence the growing outcry.

Elshareef Ali Mohammed, one of her legal team, told the Telegraph: ‘It’s to silence the international media. This is what the government do. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison’.

Her husband is an American citizen and we need to do what we can to get her to the U.S.

The Quinton Report on WYPR re: Larry Hogan

Here’s a brief return to political blogging for a moment (if you hadn’t noticed, I haven’t been writing about MD GOP politics) since a story I was interviewed for last week aired today.

Chris Connelly of WYPR interviewed me late last week for a story that aired Friday 5/30 about Larry Hogan. I will point out some of the other things I told him in a moment, since there never is enough room in a story for any reporter to use everything they get.

You can listen to the story. You can read the whole thing too.

Here’s what made it into the story:

But conservative blogger Jeff Quinton says Hogan has yet to fully flesh out his policy ideas.

“A lot of people have criticized him for the fact that he identifies the problems that need to be fixed in Maryland,” Quinton says, “but he hasn’t really put forward many specifics about how he would go about fixing them.”

Quinton says Hogan has upset some of the party faithful by skipping candidate forums, events where he says Hogan could have shown party activists how his ideas compare to the other Republican candidates running on conservative economic issues. “People feel like they’re getting a pig in a poke and they don’t know what they’re voting for in some cases.”

Some other things I was asked about that ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor that I wanted to highlight:

I’ll return you now back to me not blogging about MD GOP politics.

Starbucks manager reportedly told employees to throw away military hats from display


WIS reports on something quite disturbing that reportedly took place at a Starbucks in Columbia, South Carolina:

Dan Ramsey noticed something was different about the Starbucks in Trenholm Plaza in Forest Acres. Military hats that used to hang on a wall in the store, were no longer there.

“One in particular is someone I know, and that person is no longer with us,” said Ramsey, a medically retired Marine.

According to a spokeswoman for Starbucks, the hats were taken down during renovation and intended to be put back up.

Two former employees, Stephanie Campbell and Andrew Moseley, said that they originally understood that the hats would be put back up too.

However, they soon found out otherwise:

Until, they say, the general manager asked employees to get rid of the hats.

“They told us to throw them away,” said Moseley. “I just took them with me. I wasn’t going to let somebody else throw them away.”

Campbell and Moseley gave the hats to Ramsey earlier this week, but Starbucks wants them back now:

The spokeswoman says the company recognizes “how meaningful the hats are to customers” and would like them to be put back on the wall.

According to the spokeswoman, they are working internally to determine what may have happened at the Starbucks branch in Trenholm Plaza.

This Starbucks location is just over a mile or so from Gate 2 at Fort Jackson, which is the most heavily trafficked entrance to the Army post. It’s already on Starbucks’ radar screen now and they are scrambling to try to fix the situation. However, if you feel the need, you can email them.

Kudos to Stephanie Campbell and Andrew Moseley for saving the hats from being thrown away.